My wife is getting a new Win7 laptop tomorrow after her current Macbook started faltering. We're currently wracking our brains to work out what should be included on a fresh install (after stripping out any bloatware that comes with it). What are the programs and bookmarks that are essential to you when starting with a new install? What sort of customisation do you do, i.e. good wallpaper sites, Rainmeter themes etc?
(We've got the no-brainers down - Chrome, office suite, media software (iTunes/VLC), Avast, Adobe Reader, etc. Trying to think of some other bits and pieces that would be useful. This particular laptop will mostly be used for writing and some multimedia rather than gaming.)